Warwick Lions Soccer are 2019 champions

WARWICK. Young players show mastery of the game's fundamentals through a commitment to the sport that lasts nearly year-round.

Aug 06 2019 | 07:40 PM

Warwick Lions Travel Soccer Team became champions of BU13 for the 2018-2019 season, according to The East Hudson Youth Soccer League.

“We are proud of our team members,” said Coach Ricardo Tovar, who led the winning team to a 5-4-1 season. “Our assistant coaches, Roberto Chinchilla, Carmelo Rivera and I were pleased to see the progress each player was making throughout our practices, tournaments and matches."

Team practices are held at Turf 17 in Goshen and the Hudson Sports Complex in Warwick. The team is managed by Naomi Tovar.

The Travel Program of the Warwick Soccer Club is based on the philosophy that “the mastery of the fundamentals of soccer and the continued emphasis on good sportsmanship can still be maintained while playing at a more competitive level.”

These teams are composed of motivated players who have often gone through a tryout with coaches evaluating their play.

The players, and their families, make a commitment to play nearly year round, including practices two-three times per week.

Teams in this division can travel up to two hours away for an away game during the regular season.

Some teams commit up to six or more hours on a weekend for an indoor winter tournament (participating in the tournaments depends upon the individual teams).

As they advance in skill and maturity, teams may attend large, multi-day tournaments throughout New York State as well as out-of-state venues.

The East Hudson Youth Soccer League was established in 1976 with four member clubs and somewhat less than 300 players. Today, it is the second largest league in New York State with 44 participating clubs and more than 15,000 players.